|Publication number||US8084875 B2|
|Application number||US 12/170,924|
|Publication date||Dec 27, 2011|
|Filing date||Jul 10, 2008|
|Priority date||Jul 10, 2007|
|Also published as||DE102007032179A1, EP2017473A2, EP2017473A3, US20090021014|
|Publication number||12170924, 170924, US 8084875 B2, US 8084875B2, US-B2-8084875, US8084875 B2, US8084875B2|
|Original Assignee||Repower Systems Ag|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (9), Referenced by (11), Classifications (6), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims the priority of German Patent Application No. 10 2007 032 179.3 filed Jul. 10, 2007, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.
The invention relates to a wind energy installation having a wind rotor, a double-fed asynchronous generator driven by the wind rotor, and a converter for feeding electrical power into a network, with a part on the machine side of the converter being connected to a rotor, and a part on the network side being connected to a stator of the double-fed asynchronous machine, and with a control device with converter regulation being provided, which regulates the converter on the basis of predetermined parameters in a normal operating mode.
Modern wind energy installations, in particular those in the relatively high power classes in the Megawatt range, are designed to operate at variable rotation speeds. This means that the rotation speed of the wind rotor can be matched to the respectively prevailing wind conditions by adjustment of the rotor blade pitch angle. While a low rotation speed is selected at low wind speeds, a high rotation speed is correspondingly selected at high wind speeds. With a constant torque in the rotor shaft between the wind rotor and the generator, this means that, the higher the rotation speed is, the higher the power that is transmitted and therefore also the yield of the wind energy installation. One difficulty is that specific maximum and minimum rotation speeds must be complied with because of limiting parameters in the wind energy installation. With regard to the rotor voltage of the generator, the restriction is that the voltage must not become higher than the maximum AC voltage which can be produced by the converter even on reaching the maximum (or minimum) rotation speed. Conventionally, the electrical step-up ratio of double-fed asynchronous machines is therefore chosen as appropriate. This makes it possible to ensure that the rotor voltage is appropriate for the converter limit values during operation. However, it has been found that the step-up ratio that is required per se is no longer feasible for very high-power generators. This is particularly true when wind energy installations are retrofitted. In order nevertheless to allow the high power to be transmitted, it is either necessary to replace the converter for one with a higher voltage limit, which is expensive, or to restrict the rotation speed range of the wind energy installation, which narrows the usefulness and therefore the yield of the wind energy installation. One particularly disturbing factor in restricting the rotation speed range, which is advantageous from cost viewpoints, is that the remaining rotation speed margin for wind strength fluctuations, in particular for gusts, is lost.
It is known that an undesirable rise in the rotor voltage when the network frequency is incorrect can be limited by switching to a different torque/rotation speed characteristic (US 2007/069522 A1). When the load is low, that is to say the rotation speed is below the synchronous rotation speed, the characteristic is shifted to a lower torque so that a new operating point is set at a somewhat higher rotation speed, that is to say closer to the synchronous rotation speed. The generator slip is thus reduced, thus reducing the rotor voltage. In a corresponding manner, when the load is high, that is to say the rotation speed is above the synchronous rotation speed, the characteristic is shifted to a higher torque, thus resulting in a new operating point being selected at a somewhat lower rotation speed. The slip and therefore the rotor voltage are therefore likewise reduced. This known approach has the disadvantage that the torque/rotation speed characteristic is shifted toward medium rotation speeds, thus inter alia reducing the intended maximum rotation speed. The gust margin is thus reduced and the torque load on the drive train also increases.
The invention is based on the object of improving a wind energy installation of the type mentioned initially such that the rotation speed range can be used without restriction and without any modification to the converter, even for high rating classes.
The solution according to the invention resides in a wind energy installation having the features of the invention as broadly described herein. Further advantageous aspects can be gathered from the embodiments of the invention disclosed below.
In the case of a wind energy installation having a wind rotor, a double-fed asynchronous generator driven by the wind rotor, and a converter for feeding electrical power into a network, with a part on the generator side of the converter being connected to a rotor, and a part on the network side of the converter being connected to a stator of the double-fed asynchronous machine, and with a control device with converter regulation being provided, the invention provides a mode selector which interacts with the converter regulation such that it can be switched between two operating modes, the normal operating mode and a reduced voltage operating mode, in which the excitation of the generator is reduced in comparison to the normal operating mode.
The mode selector allows the invention to act specifically on the converter regulation in order in this way to force the converter to operate in a specific operating mode, to be more precise from one or both inverters in the converter. During operation in the super-synchronous range, that is say at high load, it is possible for at least one of the inverters in the converter to be switched to under-excited operation. In consequence, the inverter produces an additional (inductive) reactive current, which reduces the voltage with respect to the rotor voltage. This makes it possible to prevent rotor voltage limit values being exceeded. Even at high power and thus at a high rotation speed, the wind energy installation can therefore be operated in the super-synchronous mode while nevertheless maintaining an adequate margin for the rotor voltage. The invention means that there is no longer any need to restrict the rotation speed in order to protect the generator or converter against excessively high rotor voltages.
A number of relevant terms will be explained in the following text:
Super-synchronous operation means operation of the wind energy installation at rotation speeds which are higher than the synchronous rotation speed. Synchronous operation is accordingly operation of the wind energy installation at synchronous rotation speed, and sub-synchronous operation is operation at rotation speeds which are lower than the synchronous rotation speed. The latter occurs at low wind speeds, while synchronous operation is chosen as the wind increases, followed by the super-synchronous mode. As is evident from the above, operation at high load takes place in the super-synchronous range.
The invention achieves a number of advantages. On the one hand, the usable rotation speed spectrum is extended while limiting the rotor voltage to specific maximum values. Since the rotation speed limits do not need to be reduced, the rotation speed margin is available to precisely the same extent as in installations of lower rating classes, so that the wind energy installation according to the invention also has correspondingly good gust resistance. In particular, the invention can therefore even be used to upgrade existing wind energy installations, with the generator being replaced by one with a higher rating; the design according to the invention means that there is no need for corresponding and costly replacement of the converter by one with a higher rating. The invention therefore makes it possible to operate a more powerful generator with a converter designed for a lower rating class, and nevertheless to maintain the usable rotation speed range.
A voltage sensor is preferably provided, which determines the voltage present on the stator of the generator and interacts with the mode selector such that the excitation of the generator is reduced as a function of the stator voltage. This allows a voltage drop (the difference between the rotor voltage and the stator voltage) across the generator to be set such that this results in a desired rotor voltage. The rotor voltage can therefore be protected against an undesirable rise, for example resulting from a network voltage or frequency which deviates from the standard value.
It is possible to provide rotor voltage regulation which is expediently designed such that the rotor voltage is regulated at selectable value below the value in the normal operating mode when in the reduced voltage operating mode. This value is referred to as the low value. In this case, a nominal value determining device can be provided, which determines the low value as a function of the stator voltage and/or the network frequency. The invention has identified the fact that the risk of excessive rotor voltages exists in particular in specific constellations with a low network frequency of, for example, 47.5 Hz (in a 50 Hz network) and/or an increased network voltage (approximately from 110% of the nominal value), and requires particularly high reactive-current production for the rotor.
In principle, both inverters, the inverter on the generator side and that on the network side, of the converter can be used for the production of reactive current according to the invention in order to reduce the rotor voltage. It is advantageous to use the inverter on the generator side since it can use the step-up ratio of the double-fed asynchronous machine as a gain factor, and the voltage drop across the generator impedance can also be made use of. However, the additional or alternative use of the inverter on the network side should not be ignored.
Particularly for the network-side inverter, it is advantageous to provide an additional switching module, which switches the inverter on the network side to an under-excited, normally excited or over-excited operating mode. This interacts with the mode selector as described in the following text. In principle, the neutral operating mode is selected whenever the inverter on the network side does not need to produce any reactive current. This operating mode is particularly appropriate for high peak-power situations when no current margin or scarcely any current margin is available in any case. The under-excited operating mode is expediently selected in order to support the desired effect of voltage reduction. This is the case in particular when the voltage reduction of the rotor voltage is intended to be as great as possible. However, a situation can also arise in which the effects on the network to which the wind energy installation is connected should remain as low as possible despite the aim of reducing the rotor voltage as much as possible with the assistance of the inverter on the network side. The over-excited operating mode would then be chosen. In this operating mode, the inverter on the generator side ensures the desired rotor voltage reduction, while the inverter on the network side keeps the effects of the wattless component feed produced by the inverter on the generator side low with respect to the behavior on the network.
The additional switching module preferably interacts with a compensation installation such that the latter supports the network-side inverter during over-excited operation. In particular, this makes it possible to use compensation installations which are available in any case for this purpose, in order to provide the desired inductive wattless component.
Furthermore, the converter regulation can be designed to measure and to monitor the rotor voltage. If the rotor voltage exceeds a predeterminable limit value, the converter regulation activates protective devices, such as a crowbar, in order to reduce the rotor voltage, and therefore protects the generator against damage caused by an excessive rotor voltage.
The invention also relates to a method for operation of a wind energy installation, in which converter regulation switches the converter between a normal operating mode and a reduced voltage operating mode in such a way that the excitation of the rotor of the double-fed asynchronous generator is reduced in comparison to that of the normal operating mode when in the super-synchronous mode with high power (correspondingly high wind strengths). Reference should be made to the above statements for a more detailed explanation.
The invention will be explained in the following text with reference to the attached drawing, in which one advantageous exemplary embodiment is illustrated, and in which:
A wind energy installation designed according to one exemplary embodiment of the invention comprises a tower 1 at whose upper end a machine housing 2 is arranged such that it can rotate in the azimuth direction. A wind rotor 3 having a plurality (3 in the illustrated example) of variable pitch-angle rotor blades 31 is arranged on one end face of the machine housing 2. The wind rotor 3 drives a generator 4, which is arranged in the machine housing 2, via a shaft 32. The generator is a double-fed asynchronous generator with a stator and a rotor. A converter 5 and an operation controller 6 for the wind energy installation are also arranged in the machine housing, and the operation controller 6 is connected to converter regulation 7. The latter controls the converters and their inverters and directly selects the electrical parameters for the converter 5. The electrical power produced by the generator 4 in conjunction with the converter 5 is emitted to a network 9 via a line 15 and a medium-voltage transformer 19, which is normally arranged in the base of the tower. The network 9 may be a public transmission grid system or a connecting-line system within the wind farm.
The electrical connection of the generator 4 in conjunction with the converter 5 and its interaction with the converter regulation 7 will be described in more detail in the following text. The double-fed asynchronous generator 4 has a rotor and a stator. The connecting line 15 is connected directly to the stator. The voltage at the stator is therefore governed directly by the network voltage. The rotor of the generator 4, in contrast, is connected to the converter 5. The converter 5 is subdivided into three parts, an inverter 51 on the generator side, an intermediate circuit 52 and an inverter 53 on the network side. The inverters 51, 53 are equipped with preferably fully controllable switching elements, such as GTOs or IGBTs. The inverter 51 on the generator side is connected to the rotor of the double-fed generator 4, and, via the intermediate circuit 52 (which may be in the form of a DC voltage circuit or power circuit), feeds the inverter 53 on the network side, which is in turn connected via an inductor 54 to the connecting line 15.
The converter regulation 7 has a regulation core 70, which operates the switching elements of the inverters 51, 53 on both the generator and network sides. This is done on the basis of reference variables which are applied by the high-level operation controller 6. During normal operation, the inverters are operated such that power flows from the network to the rotor of the generator 4 (sub-synchronous mode), no power flows through the converter 5 (synchronous mode) or, when the generator 4 is producing a large amount of power, electrical power is drawn from the rotor winding of the generator 4 and is fed into the network via the converter 5 (super-synchronous mode). This method of operation of the converter regulation and of the converter is known per se and does not need to be explained in any more detail. This is implemented in the regulation core 70. At its output connections, the regulation core 70 produces control signals which are applied to the inverters 51, 53 on the generator and network sides. According to the invention, the converter regulation defines the appropriate control signals for the inverters both in the conventional manner in a normal operating mode, and also for a reduced voltage operating mode. A mode selector 72 is used to select the operating mode, and transmits the respective signals associated with this to the inverters 51, 53.
The reduced voltage operating mode is intended for operating the inverter 51 on the generator side such that the double-fed asynchronous generator 4 is operated under-excited. This means that additional inductive reactive current is fed into the rotor of the generator 4. This reactive current results in a reduction in the rotor voltage, thus making it reliably possible to prevent the rotor voltage from exceeding the maximum limit values even when on high load and at extreme rotation speeds (minimum or maximum), that is to say such that the rotor voltage in particular does not become greater than the maximum voltage which can be produced by the converter 5. This ensures that, even in extreme situations such as these, the converter 5 can provide regulation as desired, and can thus enforce the desired operating points.
Reference will be made to
This effect can be enhanced by the capability to increase the voltage drop ΔUT across the impedance of the medium-voltage transformer 19 and the voltage drop ΔUN across the impedance of the network, in a corresponding manner, by means of the wattless component Q0 and optionally further wattless component Q1 (with the same mathematical sign) of the inverter 53 on the network side. In this case as well, the process of additionally feeding in a wattless component results in a greater voltage drop, thus correspondingly reducing the stator voltage US with respect to the network voltage UN, and thus, taking account of the additional voltage drop ΔUD across the inductor 54 and the internal electrical step-up ratio of the generator 4, reducing the rotor voltage further. Overall, this therefore results in a significant reduction in the rotor voltage by additionally feeding in a wattless component Q. Conversely, a wattless component Q1 with an opposite mathematical sign can be generated by over-excited operation of the inverter 53 on the network side, such that this compensates for the wattless component Q0 (entirely or partially) with respect to the network 9.
The effect of the under-excitation according to the invention in the reduced voltage operating mode is illustrated in the characteristics in
The reduced voltage operating mode is operated as follows. The mode selector 72, which is connected to the regulation core 70, interacts with a nominal value determining module 71. This has applied to it in each case one input signal for the voltage on the stator winding of the generator 4, which is measured directly by means of a first voltage sensor 44, and for the voltage on the rotor winding, which is likewise determined directly by means of a second voltage sensor 45 or is determined indirectly from a drive signal for a pulse-width modulator for the converter 5, as well as an input signal for the network frequency f, which is determined via a sensor that is not illustrated, or is applied by the operation controller 6. It is also possible to provide for the use of alternative or additional parameters. The nominal value determining module 71 uses predeterminable limit values to determine when to switch from a normal operating mode to the reduced voltage operating mode, and operates the mode selector 72 appropriately. In the reduced voltage operating mode, the mode selector 72 operates the inverter 51 on the generator side such that the rotor of the generator 4 is under-excited. A wattless component is therefore additionally fed into the rotor of the generator 4, thus reducing the rotor voltage. It is therefore possible to regulate the rotor voltage using the excitation of the inverter 51 on the generator side as a manipulated variable, and the network voltage or frequency as a reference variable.
In addition, it is possible to provide for the mode selector to act on the inverter 53 on the network side, by means of an additional switching module 73. This can likewise be operated under-excited, or operated over-excited, or can remain in the neutral mode. The under-excited mode is selected when the voltage reduction is intended to be as great as possible and any reaction on the network will have no or only a minor effect; this mode is particularly appropriate when the aim is to reduce the rotor voltage, as the highest priority. Over-excitation would be chosen when the aim is to keep the effects on the network as minor as possible. In the ideal case, over-excitation is set such that this results in compensation, with the generator under-excited via the rotor, at the network (see
Finally, a neutral setting can be chosen when the converter 5 has no further current margin to produce reactive current, that is to say in particular when highly loaded, for example as a result of gusts.
Alternatively or additionally, the additional switching module 73 can be designed to interact with a compensation installation 90. This can be done in such a way that the compensation installation 90 is used specifically to produce reactive current. Since a compensation installation is in general provided in any case, this makes it possible to increase the available wattless components with very little additional complexity. This applies in particular to the operating mode in which the inverter 53 on the network side is operated over-excited.
The characteristics achieved during operation for one exemplary embodiment of the invention are illustrated in
The graphs in
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|Cooperative Classification||H02J3/386, Y02E10/763|
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